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Monkey Selfies, Eclipse, Bitcoin, Lauer Top Google in 2017

Here are some of the terms Google says had the highest sustained spike in traffic compared to 2016

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    Monkey Selfies, Eclipse, Bitcoin, Lauer Top Google in 2017
    Ted S. Warren/AP, File
    In this Aug. 21, 2017, file photo, the path of the sun is shown during a total eclipse by the moon, near Redmond, Ore. The eclipse was one of the top searches on Google in 2017.

    Matt Lauer. Bitcoin. DACA. Monkey selfies. Jeremy Lin's hair. Do-it-yourself eclipse glasses. Tom Petty's death. National anthem protests in the NFL. And "Cash Me Outside."

    These were some of the people, topics and memes that trended to the top of Google searches in 2017. The search terms reflected the United States in upheaval over sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men, reeling from the tumultuous presidency of Donald Trump (What is "covfefe," by the way?), and people around the world searching for information about the latest iPhone and how to make slime.

    Three of the top 10 TV shows in the U.S. debuted on Netflix, the same as last year.

    April the Giraffe made news by giving birth live on YouTube.

    And the world grooved to Luis Fonsi singing "Despacito."

    Here are some of the terms Google says had the highest sustained spike in traffic compared to 2016, filtered for spam, repeat queries and adult keywords. The full list is here.

    UNITED STATES

    Searches

    1. Hurricane Irma

    2. Matt Lauer

    'Late Night’: Jessica Biel Talks About Season Two of 'The Sinner'

    [NATL] 'Late Night’: Jessica Biel Talks About Season Two of 'The Sinner'

    Jessica Biel explains to Seth Meyers how she came to star in season one of “The Sinner,” how often her character cries and what it’s like to not be on set anymore.

    (Published Friday, Aug. 17, 2018)

    3. Tom Petty

    4. Super Bowl

    5. Las Vegas Shooting

    6. Mayweather vs. McGregor Fight

    7. Solar Eclipse

    8. Hurricane Harvey

    'Tonight’: Ariana Grande Talks Surprise Call From Aretha Franklin

    [NATL] 'Tonight’: Ariana Grande Talks Surprise Call From Aretha Franklin

    Ariana Grande talks about the time Aretha Franklin called her, and she learned really quickly that the Queen of Soul was not a fan of texting.

    (Published 4 hours ago)

    9. Aaron Hernandez

    10. Fidget Spinner

    People

    1. Matt Lauer

    2. Meghan Markle

    3. Harvey Weinstein

    'Tonight': Fallon Spills 'T' on Bringing 'Tonight' to Central Park

    [NATL] 'Tonight': Fallon Spills 'T' on Bringing 'Tonight' to Central Park

    Jimmy Fallon reveals details about the new "Tonight Show" partnership with T-Mobile to bring the show to Central Park on Thursday, Sept. 13.

    (Published Friday, Aug. 17, 2018)

    4. Michael Flynn

    5. Kevin Spacey

    6. Bill O'Reilly

    7. Melania Trump

    8. Kathy Griffin

    9. Milo Yiannopoulos

    Aretha Franklin Sings at Barack Obama’s 2009 Inauguration

    [NATL] Aretha Franklin Sings at Barack Obama’s 2009 Inauguration

    Aretha Franklin sang a beautiful rendition of “My Country ’Tis of Thee” at the 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama.

    (Published Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018)

    10. Gal Gadot

    Losses

    1. Tom Petty

    2. Aaron Hernandez

    3. Chris Cornell

    4. Bill Paxton

    5. Hugh Hefner

    6. Chester Bennington

    7. Charlie Murphy

    8. Lil Peep

    9. Jim Nabors

    10. David Cassidy

    'The Voice' Winner Jordan Smith Performs 'Only Love' Album

    [NATL] Hear the Newest Songs From 'The Voice' Winner Jordan Smith's New Album, 'Only Love'

    "The Voice" season nine winner Jordan Smith gave NBC an early peek at his newest album, "Only Love," singing "Only Love," "Please" and "End in Love."

    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018)

    How to

    1. How to make slime

    2. How to make solar eclipse glasses

    3. How to watch the solar eclipse

    4. How to watch Mayweather vs. McGregor

    5. How to buy Bitcoin

    6. How to freeze your credit

    7. How to solve a Rubix Cube

    8. How to make a fidget spinner

    9. How to cook a turkey in the oven

    10. How to screen record

    What is

    Lego Goes Green with Sustainable Pieces

    [NATL] Lego Goes Green with Sustainable Pieces

    Lego will release new sustainable pieces in November. The pieces will be made of polyethylene which is plastic made with ethanol extracted from sugar cane rather than crude oil.

    (Published Friday, Aug. 3, 2018)

    1. What is DACA?

    2. What is Bitcoin?

    3. What is a solar eclipse?

    4. What is antifa?

    5. What is net neutrality?

    6. What is covfefe?

    7. What is the antikythera mechanism?

    8. What is a fidget spinner?

    9. What is the Paris Climate Agreement?

    College Grad’s Unusual Gator Photos Go Viral

    [NATL] College Grad’s Unusual Gator Photos Go Viral

    Texas A&M student Makenzie Alexis Noland posted some unusual graduation photos to her Facebook page. The Wildlife Ecology major posed with a 14-foot alligator named Big Tex.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 6, 2018)

    10. What is a hurricane?

    GLOBAL LISTS

    Searches

    1. Hurricane Irma

    2. iPhone 8

    3. iPhone X

    4. Matt Lauer

    5. Meghan Markle

    6. 13 Reasons Why

    7. Tom Petty

    8. Fidget Spinner

    9. Chester Bennington

    10. India National Cricket Team

    Songs/Lyrics

    1. Despacito

    2. Shape of You

    3. Perfect

    4. Havana

    5. Look What You Made Me Do

    6. HUMBLE.

    7. Versace on the Floor

    8. Closer

    9. Bad and Boujee

    10. Rockstar

    Memes

    1. Cash Me Outside

    2. United Airlines

    3. Elf on the Shelf

    4. What in Tarnation

    5. Spongebob Mocking

    6. Romper

    7. IT

    8. Joe Biden

    9. Game of Thrones

    10. Hot dog

    Elections

    1. French election

    2. German federal election

    3. UK election

    4. Uttar Pradesh election

    5. Georgia special election

    6. Montana special election

    7. British Columbia election

    8. BMC election

    9. Sicilian regional election

    10. Dutch election